We purchased this barbeque in March 2009 and we have been really pleased with it... in fact after the harsh winter and the bbq sitting outside it's lasted really well...From memory we paid around £200.00 for it but I believe that it has been replaced with a new model for 2010
When it first arrived it had to be put together as the only part pre assembled part was the grill. Both top sides, bottom, wheels and lid had to be put together which took approximately one hour for one person to complete. It also looked massive when we put it together but the wooden side does come on an off quite easily if you need to make it smaller for storage.
For cleaning purposes, all the grill parts come out and there is a tray which also pulls out underneath to make for easy cleaning. We clean the grills with a wire brush and these come up well.
Inside the lid there is a small rack for you to put things in once they have been cooked to keep them warm. There is a temperature gauge on the lid which seems fairly accurate but without an independent temperature gauge to measure it, this is only our thoughts..
The bbq also has two wheels at one end so its easy to move around and this could be done quite easily by one person (although I would suggest removing the gas cyclinder before doing so as it might be quite heavy otherwise)
When cooking, we put oil on the grills, although we didn't when we first used it and the food stuck to the grills... that will serve us right for not reading the instructions!
With the two sides this gives plenty of room for food storage... there are two metal trays either side of the grill for putting utensils too (which also come out for cleaning) The lower bottom shelf provides room for a small gas container so very compact and tidy or you can have this on the ground next to the shelf. The higher shelf is there for additional storage.
There are two knobs on the front which are of good quality and sturdy and they are still intact and working correctly after 18 months.
As I mentioned above we do keep this outside in the garden. We did buy a really robust cover for it though.. (not an outback one but an Anthony Worrell-Thompson one and its excellent quality) and it is covered up every time its not in use.
The only problem we have had is that sometimes it doesn't light very well but this has happened only on a few occasions. The wood has slightly faded but after a rub down and a revarnish it looks as good as new...
When we uncovered it recently after the winter season there were some mouldy spores on the inside but these were easily cleaned off... we did clean it before we put it away for the winter but maybe didn't clean it well enough!
You can get cheaper gas barbeques but this is a high quality bbq which I'm glad I paid the extra money for..
this is definitely a product which screams style over substance. and i for one was completely taken in.
it looks fantastic - i have it 3 years now and it still looks great (apart from the wooden sides which can hardly be expected to stand up to an irish winter (or summer for that matter - we had 57 consectutive days of rain since mid july this year - lovely!).
however from a practical perspective it is totally rubbish. despite the large grill area the actual area where you can cooks stuff is centered round 2 thin strips on top of both burners. large areas of the grill are totally useless.
i also had problems with the 2 knobs for regulating the gas, both of which stopped working - they seems to erode and lose traction against the brass turner on which they sit. outback were very conssitent in their response to these problems. they just ignored every email i sent. and all i wanted was a new knob! totally rubbuish customer support. and the store where i bought it didnt want to know - referred me back to outback.
my brother also bought one, despite my warnings - as he is a shallow as me and just wanted something to look good - he now gives out bucketloads about his as well.
if you want style over substance and dont really care about bbq buy one. otherwise avoid.